Topic: Rule of Law

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Excellence, not Politics, should Choose the Judges at the ICC

Nominations and elections of judicial candidates at the International Criminal Court often overlook merit-based considerations in favor of political interests. It's time for reform.

October 28, 2019 | Yassir Al-Khudayri and Christian De Vos
View of the International Criminal Court.
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Almost a Decade after his Death, Sergei Magnitsky Gets a Measure of Justice

The ruling from Europe's human rights court validates the underlying rationale for the laws adopted by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and some other countries to impose sanctions on designated individuals implicated in gross human rights abuses.

August 27, 2019 | Aryeh Neier
The tombstone at the grave of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky at a cemetery in Moscow, Russia, on November 16, 2012.
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To Strengthen the Rule of Law, Protect the Independence of Prosecutors

The case of Laura Codruţa Kövesi at the European Court of Human Rights underlines the importance of prosecutorial independence in protecting the rule of law.

July 10, 2019 | Maïté De Rue
A group of protestors holding a sign
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Interview: Why the OAS Faces a Credibility Test over its Human Rights Commission

Professor Judith Schönsteiner, a leading Chilean jurist, discusses the challenge facing the Organization of American States: there are more seats available to fill at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission than there are qualified candidates.

June 27, 2019
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Provides Gateway for Zambian Farmers and Corporate Accountability

The UK Supreme Court has given poor Zambian claimants the right to sue a global mining behemoth in English courts.

May 03, 2019 | Erika Dailey
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Volunteer Lawyers Give New Direction to Nigerian Legal Aid Initiative

In the town of Ikorodu, local lawyers are delivering free legal aid to detainees within 48 hours of arrest and joining an effort to steer people charged with nonviolent crimes away from unnecessary detention.

February 13, 2019 | Stanley Ibe
Three men in a police station
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International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala. Now They’ve Been Ordered Out

The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.

January 10, 2019 | Eric Witte
A man holding a poster
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Hungary’s Anti-NGO Tax Law Violates Free Speech and Freedom of Association

The Venice Commission, Europe’s leading body of legal experts on democracy and the rule of law, has called on Hungary to repeal a 25 percent tax on NGOs working on migration issues.

December 18, 2018 | Daniela Ikawa
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Using the Courts to Change the World: Insights from Experience

A new report by the Open Society Justice Initiative offers an unprecedented overview of strategic human rights litigation around the world, and offers eight lessons for success.

November 26, 2018 | Erika Dailey
People smiling and holding their arms in the air
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How International Justice Can Go Local

Over 30 national and regional initiatives have been launched to prosecute mass atrocity crimes since the early 1990s. A comprehensive new survey looks at the lessons learned.

October 04, 2018 | Eric Witte
A man with prosthetic arms holding a tissue to his face
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How Small Data Can Improve Access to Justice for the Poor

Collective data drawn from individual case work can be used to identify what does and doesn’t work in improving access to justice for all.

May 02, 2018 | Matthew Burnett & Tom Walker
A person walking through the door of an office
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How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

Winning a court ruling alone was not enough to ensure that schoolchildren in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa have decent desks and chairs.

December 08, 2017 | Allison Corkery
A boy writing numbers in the sand
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With NGOs Under Attack, the European Union Needs an Early Action Plan

The European Union’s commitment to a “sharper and more coherent” effort to support embattled civil society groups around the world requires a bold and structured approach.

June 29, 2017 | Kersty McCourt
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Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

April 19, 2017 | Cassandre Theano
Women and girls outside a small house
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How Access to Justice Can Stop a Problem from Turning into a Crisis

To shape effective policy, we need to know more about the direct and indirect social and economic costs of unresolved legal problems.

February 17, 2017 | Peter Chapman & Zaza Namoradze
A row of apartment buildings
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Time for Transparency in the Machinery of Global Rights

A drive for transparency over the selection of the next UN Secretary General reflects similar efforts by civil society in the global human rights system.

August 09, 2016 | Christian De Vos
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Legal Access for All: But Who Pays for It?

If the vision of equal access to justice for all is to become a reality, more countries around the world will need a sustainable nationwide system for legal services.

June 29, 2016 | Lotta Teale
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Scaling Up on Legal Empowerment

Basic legal services and advice should be available to all. A new Open Society initiative is trying to make that a reality in nine target countries.

April 22, 2016 | Zaza Namoradze
Window at a legal clinic
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In Mexico, Many Deaths in Custody but Few Investigations

In Mexico, the problem of deaths in custody―and the failure to investigate them―is particularly acute.

January 14, 2016 | Adriana García
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Shining a Light on the Selection of Mexico’s Supreme Court Judges

Mexico’s top court wields considerable influence, yet the process of selecting and approving its judges remains opaque.

November 10, 2015 | Adriana García
Judges in a courtroom.
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